Daily Devotion and Prayer for October 20th


Elimelech Takes His Family to Live in Moab And it happened in the days when?the judges ruled?, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem of Judah went ?to reside? in the countryside of Moab—he and his wife and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion.

This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


     Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

     In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 

     Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,

     and he hears my voice. 

     Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;

     He will never permit the righteous to be moved. 

Psalm 138

1  Of David. I give you thanks, O LORD,

with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 

2  I bow down toward your holy temple

and give thanks to your name

for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,

for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 

3  On the day I called, you answered me;

my strength of soul you increased. 

4  All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,

for they have heard the words of your mouth, 

5  and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,

for great is the glory of the LORD. 

6  For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,

but the haughty he knows from afar. 

7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand

against the wrath of my enemies,

and your right hand delivers me. 

8  The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;

your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands. 

Reading for Friday October 20th      Ruth 1

Elimelech Takes His Family to Live in Moab

1 And it happened in the days when ?the judges ruled?, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem of Judah went ?to reside? in the countryside of Moab—he and his wife and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. And they went to the countryside of Moab and remained there.

But Elimelech the husband of Naomi died and she was left behind with ?her two sons?. And ?they took? for themselves Moabite wives. The name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other was Ruth. And they lived there about ten years. But ?both? Mahlon and Kilion died, and the woman was left without her two sons and without her husband.

Naomi Returns with Ruth

And she got up, she and her daughters-in-law, and returned from the countryside of Moab, because she had heard in the countryside of Moab that Yahweh had ?come to the aid of? his people to give food to them. So she set out from the place ?where she was? and her two daughters-in-law with her, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.

But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, each of you return to her mother’s house. May Yahweh ?show kindness to you? just as you did with the dead and with me. May Yahweh ?grant that you? find a resting place, each in the house of her husband.” And she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and cried.

10 And they said to her, “No, we want to return with you to your people.” 11 And Naomi said, “Return, my daughters. ?Why do you still want to go with me?? Are there sons ?in my womb? that may be husbands for you? 12 Turn back, my daughters! Go, for ?I am too old to have a husband?. If I should think there is hope for me, even if I should have a husband this night, and even if I should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore ?refrain from marrying?? No, my daughters, for it is far more bitter to me than to you. For the hand of Yahweh has gone out against me.” 14 And they lifted up their voices and cried again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. 15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has returned to her people and to her gods. Return after your sister-in-law too.”

16 But Ruth said, “?Do not urge? me to leave you or to return from ?following you?! For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. So may Yahweh do to me, ?and even more, unless? death ?separates you and me?!” 18 When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, ?she said no more?.

19 So the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. ?And when they came? to Bethlehem, all of the town was stirred because of them. And they said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 And she said to them, “You should not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for Shaddai has ?caused me to be very bitter?. 21 I went away full, but Yahweh brought me back empty-handed! Why call me Naomi ?when Yahweh has testified against me? and Shaddai has brought calamity upon me?” 22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, returning from the countryside of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the harvest of barley.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     We pray You, O Lord, to keep our tongues from evil and our lips from speaking deceit, that as Your holy angels continuously sing praises to You in heaven, so may we at all times glorify You on earth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Concluding Prayer

Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

[1] W. Hall Harris III et al., eds., The Lexham English Bible (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012), Jdg 13:1–25.